Teacher turnover rates experience increase

With a total of 69 teachers lost due to retirement and resignation, NUSD lost 15 percent of its staff within the 2018 school year. San Marin alone has lost a total of 23 teachers within the past four years.  In addition to retirement, teachers can resign for a multitude of reasons, from challenges faced by… Continue reading Teacher turnover rates experience increase

CAASPP scores drop compared to previous years

San Marin’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores dropped from the 2018-19 school year. English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) scores decreased from 68 percent either having met or exceeded the standard to 60 percent, which, according to Principal Mark Sims, went from the “all-time high to the all-time low.” Mathematics scores decreased from… Continue reading CAASPP scores drop compared to previous years

Foreign exchange students reflect on their experiences

In August 2018, foreign exchange students Silvia Castellucci and Miguel Riederer began their year-long journey as students at San Marin. Castellucci is from Sarsina, Italy, a small village nestled in the province of ForlìCesena. She wanted to take this opportunity to travel more and to explore outside of her town, especially after hearing about the… Continue reading Foreign exchange students reflect on their experiences

Taggard introduces reusable eco-bricks to San Marin community

Last summer, math teacher Susan Taggard attended a class at Sonoma State University called Teaching vs. Sustainability. During the class, another teacher shared the idea of eco-bricks, which inspired Taggard to integrate the idea within her own classroom. Eco-bricks are plastic water bottles that are packed full of trash and used to create sturdy building… Continue reading Taggard introduces reusable eco-bricks to San Marin community

San Marin struggles with perceptions of identity

On March 31, members of the New York City branch of Antifa identified San Marin alumnus Matthew Warner as a member of the white supremacist organization Identity Evropa, now known as the “American Identity Movement,” after left-wing group Unicorn Riot leaked over 700,000 group messages and members’ identities to the public. Warner graduated from San… Continue reading San Marin struggles with perceptions of identity

Trisha Panganiban pursues passions through challenges

Senior Trisha Panganiban has been overcoming challenges her whole life. “It started with my parents not being the support system I needed them to be from an early age,” Panganiban said. “Ever since I can remember, I was already looking out for myself, because I kind of expected my parents not to. And back then,… Continue reading Trisha Panganiban pursues passions through challenges

Educators evaluate the merits of taking multiple AP courses

High school students across the country feel the need to enroll in numerous Advanced Placement classes in order to gain acceptance to the university that they hope to attend. Although AP classes provide advantages, they are significantly more challenging, and popular belief is that the more AP classes a student can fit into their schedule,… Continue reading Educators evaluate the merits of taking multiple AP courses

New courses to be offered next school year

Course selection begins in February ever year with new options in graduation requirements or electives for students to choose from. The administration plans to offer four new courses for the upcoming school year. San Marin graduation requirements currently require seniors to take a semester of Economics and a semester of Government. The school considered extended… Continue reading New courses to be offered next school year

Students opt out of rallies: “It’s incoherent screaming”

On January 25, 2019, more than one hundred students chose to remain in their classrooms and the library instead of attending the Winter Whiteout rally. According to teachers, the number of students who have chosen not to participate in the rallies has steadily grown from approximately 20 students to over 100 students. For many students,… Continue reading Students opt out of rallies: “It’s incoherent screaming”

District finalizes contracts amid financial issues

On February 8, 2019, Novato Unified School District teachers held a vote on whether to approve teacher contracts for the 2018-19 school year. Superintendent Jim Hogeboom and Deputy Superintendent Kris Cosca held negotiations contracts for the 2018-19 school year earlier in January, ultimately reaching a compromise. NUSD teachers began the 2018-19 school year without contracts,… Continue reading District finalizes contracts amid financial issues